Okay, so I ALWAYS read the Acknowledgements section at the back of each and every book that I finish. I recently discovered that not everyone does this and I am just shocked at how few actually do. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me as much as it does, because people read novels for the story, not to learn about the author I suppose. But, reading the acknowledgements is just something I feel the need to do.
I’m not sure if it’s because I am an editor and editors are always listed and thanked in the Acknowledgements, which just gives me warm fuzzies. I love hearing about how helpful an editor is to the author; so many authors just gush about their editors and the impact they had on the novel. I love that.
Or maybe I read the Acknowledgements because I just respect the authors so damn much. I really do! I respect how much work and effort it takes to write such a story and I like to find out what the author has to say about the experience. I like learning little tidbits about the author her/himself and anything she/he has to say at the completion of the novel.
I also feel like authors write the Acknowledgements for a reason. It’s to thank people and things that helped or inspired them. I think it would be a bit rude to enjoy a novel and not read about all the people who had a impact on it. It wasn’t JUST the author, people!
What do you think? I’m curious…do YOU read Acknowledgements? Always, sometimes, or never? And, most importantly, why??
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